Turski three-peats in ski slopestyle
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
ASPEN – Sitting in third place before the final run in Thursday’s Winter X women’s ski slopestyle final, defending champion Kaya Turski had one more trick up her sleeve.
After competitor Devin Logan took the lead with a 92.33 on her third and final run, Turski turned in a near-perfect run capped by the competition’s first switch 1080 off the final jump. The trick impressed judges enough to give her a 95 and her third straight Winter X gold.
“I think it’s definitely raising the bar,” Turski said of the trick. “But the level is getting really high. I feel like the sport is on the fast track, and people are getting really serious about it.”
Logan finished second, and Anna Segal, of Australia, an Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club alum, finished third with a score of 90, which she posted in the first run.
In Turski’s final run, she hit a clean switch 720, leading into the switch 1080. As she landed the 1080, her fellow competitors mobbed her in the finish area.
“We cheer each other on because we want to see each other do well,” Logan said. “I was cheering on Kaya because we want to push the sport.”
After the competition, similar to Wednesday afternoon’s news conference, the conversation turned to freeskier Sarah Burke, who died Jan. 19, nine days after a halfpipe accident in Park City, Utah.
“Now we have someone watching from above whom we need to make proud,” said Turski, who was a teammate with Burke on the Canadian ski team. “We all need to follow in Sarah’s footsteps. She was pushing the sport even when she didn’t need to. She was trying new tricks, and now it’s our turn to keep pushing for her.”
“We all came out to ski for her today,” Logan said.
Meg Olenick, of Carbondale, finished eighth with a score of 71.
Segal led with her first-run 90 until Logan scored 92.33 in her last run. The Australian, who won 2009’s inaugural ski slopestyle, was skiing with a broken left thumb that required surgery two weeks ago.
For Turski, who suffered an ACL injury during the 2010 season, her third straight Winter X win is a credit to her commitment and passion to the sport.
“I’ve been training hard, and I do a lot of work in the gym,” Turski said. “I’ve done a lot of work on airbags and trampolines, just trying to stay in shape and push the limits.”
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